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Address: 300 N Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324-2302
Phone Number: +1 800-293-7245
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on...

Verde Canyon Railroad is a Southwestern adventure that takes passengers on a ride through Arizona’s backcountry, only accessible from the comfort of this train.

This legendary “boutique” attraction allows members of groups an uncommon view of a wildly-wonderful red-rock canyon. The four-hour excursion requires no laborious effort or exertion except by the highly-trained staff who absolutely love what they do. As evidenced by exceedingly positive reviews, they do it very well.

Verde Canyon Railroad is the only excursion train in the Southwest which offers every guest two seats for the price of one: inside viewing through large panoramic windows in all coaches and 360-degree views from open-air viewing cars attached to each coach. As the train passes “through” a grand canyon, both vantages celebrate incomparable scenery, high-desert flora and fauna, historic trestles, dramatic geology, unusual rock formations and passage through a century-old 680-foot tunnel. Throughout the journey the captivating history of the Verde Canyon and the Railroad unfolds with narration interlaced with a wide genre of popular railroad tunes.

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Fantastic day out for my huband's birthday

My American friend suggested this as a birthday surprise for my husband and we were not disappointed. We arrived and ordered some food and sat at the seating area overlooking the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Lacey, Washington, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is definitely a trip for those who are older and can't hike. It takes 3.5 hours round trip. While there are some small Indian cliff dwellings and a short picturesque red rock canyon, I found the trip boring. The staff is nice and the weather great but this was a slow train to perkinsville that I would not take... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My American friend suggested this as a birthday surprise for my husband and we were not disappointed. We arrived and ordered some food and sat at the seating area overlooking the train. When we boarded, we were shown to our carriage and our seats, which were basically large comfy sofas with cushions and a table, fantastic. The journey was around... More 

2 Thank Jazzyjack
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to see some of the back country in Northern Arizona, the Verde Canyon RR is a great way to spend an afternoon. The scenery is not breath-taking spectacular but the trip is enjoyable because the car attendants make it so. Whether you are inside or outside, they are knowledgeable and friendly people sharing their love of the... More 

1 Thank HikingLee
Southern California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have taken 2 groups here in the last 2 weeks and they love this train ride! On the last trip we saw 2 bald eagles and a couple of nests. There is a cafe there at the depot, and the ride is narrated with music. One can also purchase snacks and adult beverages on the train!

2 Thank MaryTravler
Perry, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a relaxing journey by train through the Verde Canyon. Our First class ticket included snacks, comfortable seating, an outside viewing car and attendants that shared informative information with us about the history, wildlife, geology and Indian lore of the canyon. We arrived early, ordered lunch from the Copper Spike Cafe, ate outside under a shaded portico and bought... More 

2 Thank 3MLL3
So Cal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I like trains so this was especially enjoyable for me. The vintage cars and engine were fantastic. The views and topography were great. The only thing that would have been better would be a steam engine. We splurged for first class based on other recommendations but I wouldn't do it again since the weather was great and I spent most... More 

1 Thank cool6t5
Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on the Grand Canyon rail trip that I was disappointed on. This trip was in the little grand canyon. Much better. Up close & personal. Would recommend this one.

1 Thank StraitSharon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The verde railroad is a must do. This was our second time on this very cool train ride. It's was just as good as the first time. The views are just beautiful and the people that wait on you were off the hook. Just have to say it's worth the money to see and meet some very nice people. Hope... More 

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Apex, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wanted to tour the canyon via scenic railroad and went during their special Ales on Rails event. They have local craft beers and brats available prior to the railroad tour, then the party continues on the train ride itself. Terrific afternoon and very scenic!

1 Thank apextony
Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although a pricey attraction, we all thought it was one of the week's highlights (maybe THE #1!). We participated in the Ales on Rails that they do in October. There were not a lot of beers to try but for $10 you got 5 generous tokens and a souvenir glass. The meal was $11 each and was just okay, but... More 

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